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2013 Volkswagen Touareg Overview (See Available Styles)

Blurring the line between luxury and premium, the 2013 Volkswagen Touareg combines comfort and capability into a well-refined package.

The Touareg shares more than a passing resemblance with the smaller Tiguan, just in larger form. Its headlights have a menacing stare surrounding the trademark Volkswagen horizontal grille. While it doesn’t break any new styling ground, the Touareg does strike a handsome pose. The 2013 Touareg gets many premium exterior features as standard such as 18” alloy wheels, Bi-Xenon HID headlights with daytime running, fog lights, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and an especially useful remote-powered rear liftgate. Exterior options include huge 20-inch wheels, panoramic sunroof, keyless entry, push-to-start, a trailer hitch, and splash guards.

The five-seat 2013 Touareg gets one of the nicest interiors in the business. Everything is supremely constructed and the whole interior looks well-balanced and not overly chunky, as is the case in many SUVs. There are many standard features, including heated faux-leather seats, automatic climate control, premium touch-screen stereo system, 60/40 split rear seats, multifunction steering wheel, and Bluetooth/iPod connectivity. Higher trims only add to the options list, including a premium Dynaudio stereo, leather seats, satellite navigation, walnut trim inlays, and heated rear seats.

Potential Touareg owners get a choice of two engines, one gasoline and one highly efficient diesel. The base model gets a 280-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 with 266 pounds-feet of torque and returns 17/23 mpg city/highway, not great fuel economy. However, the next step up is a 240-horsepower, 3.0-liter diesel V6 with 406 pounds-feet of torque which offers 20/29 MPG city/highway, very good fuel economy numbers for a car of this size. Both engines are mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive is standard on all models.

The 2013 Touareg’s safety credentials include a Top Safety Pick award from the IIHS. It has six airbags, huge disc brakes at each corner, traction control, side-impact door beams, and a steel safety cage all standard. Additionally, each Touareg gets ICRS (Intelligent Crash Response System) which unlocks the doors, cuts the fuel pump, and turns on the hazards in the event of a crash.

EPA Fuel Economy

  • City: 17 - 20 MPG
  • Highway: 23 - 29 MPG

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Vehicle safety data is provided by IIHS, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, an independent, nonprofit, scientific, and educational organization dedicated to reducing deaths and injuries on the nation's highways.

Safety Rating

  • Front Safety: Good
  • Side Safety: Good
  • Rear Safety: Good

Consumer Reviews Summary

Overall Rating:

15 of 20 (75%) consumers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.

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